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  1. Jordan
    December 30, 2011

    Thank you! In writing, I was confused about the difference between the two!

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  2. TYBC
    July 19, 2012

    Nice post,

    After I finished reading your post I made sure to take notes [laughs], I always knew there was a difference but I could never find anything informative, not even in books! So thank you.

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  3. mavis
    October 28, 2014

    This article is invalid and insulting on so many levels. Go to the book store. Look at a book on faeries if you want to know the difference.

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    • TYBC
      December 18, 2014

      Care to share your input? I want to be informed.

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      • Samael
        January 8, 2015

        The author of this piece keeps insisting that they weren’t as beautiful as modern fairies, and this is, at best, only a partial truth.

        Some faerie were also noted for their unearthly beauty, and seducing mortal lovers away from the world. Think of them as closer to minor Greek Gods, in their love lives, at least. But as with the Greek Gods, tragedy often followed those who won their favor. Their gifts were almost always a trick for the greedy, or, if you truly won a place in their hearts, a cautionary tale that would make a good story about curses with a curious upside, or vice versa. For example, imagine an artist who can only reveal the truth – is it a curse or a blessing, or both? Or imagine being invited to remain in their world forever – long after your innocence or your novelty fades…

        And this was if they liked you.

        If not, you might meet the wild hunt…

        Perhaps it’s not quite Greek Gods they should be compared to, but rather, the vampires of Twilight, who belong to an older tradition of stories than anyone is willing to admit.

        Though to be fair to those who hate Twilight, even when Shakespeare was making fun of faerie love stories by writing of faerie magic accidentally complicating their own lives, and their queen fell in love with a complete ass…

        They were never so ridiculous before.

        If they were to pursue a naïve, emotionally vulnerable young woman, they would be doing it on purpose, and it would be just one more reason to fear them. (And they’d be just as happy to prey on young men as naïve and emotionally vulnerable as Edward and Jacob.)

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      • Linda May
        July 17, 2019

        Thank You
        Incredibly interesting

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  4. Liam Hall
    May 3, 2016

    Yh.. Fairies and Faes are the same. The only difference is Fairies are a mistranslation and Faes are a type for instance Nymphs are a fae creature, Elf is one too so are pixies and such. When people say Fairies other think of pixies

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  5. kit
    October 9, 2017

    who wrote this dribble? . . . just making up folklore for what? some traditions are ancient and some are cultural. . . from Japan, to North America, Europe, Britain, and the middle-east. . . the Fae are most certainly a phenomonon and like any legend, has roots in experiences and memorat. . . a folklorist never equates the word myth with something false, not real, or dismissive. . .

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    • Nico
      May 17, 2018

      I couldn’t agree more!

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  6. Nico
    May 17, 2018

    Never ever have I read nonsens like this blog. No sources are mentioned, because the only source is the fantasy of the writer. Faerie/fairy/fae have all the same etymological root: Fata. There is absolutely no difference between them. Furthermore, shidhe should be sidhe, and can be found in Irish mythology, where the most of the sidhe are described as beautiful in appearence, an elf is faerie/fairie in Germanic mythology, a sylph is an elemental as described by Paracelsus… Need I go on??? This blog is misleading at its worst.

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  7. JPS
    August 14, 2019

    hogwash, nothing here is accurate or correct

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  8. Debra Jane Stewart
    November 14, 2020

    I agree entirely with
    JPS, Nico and Kit.
    What a load of Codswallop!

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